At Last: A Budget
Illinois has a full year budget for the first time in three years. While this is certainly good news, the damage done to our social services, financial standing and educational system has been devastating.
Please read and share widely this statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition and thank you for taking action all over the state making calls to state legislators. Our collective work made a huge difference in their decision making, especially Republicans. http://www.responsiblebudget.org/node/190.
Your call to action: thank your State Senator and Representative who voted for the budget, with an email, call or public posting. This thank you is especially important to send to those Republican House members who had the courage to vote in spite of their leader' position:
Steven Andersson (65th)
Teri Bryant (115th)
Mike Fortner (49th)
Norrine Hammond (Assistant Republican Leader, 93rd)
David Harris (53rd)
Chad Hays (Assistant Republican Leader, 104th
Bill Mitchell (Assistant Republican Leader, 101st)
Reginald Philips (110th)
Mike Unes (Assistant Republican Leader, 91st).
Democrats voting no to override the Governor's veto:
John Connor (85th),
Jerry Costello II (116th),
Martin Moylan 55th),
Michelle Mussman (56th),
Katie Stuart (112th)
Sam Yingling (62nd).
Contact information for your State Representative can be found here:
The work that League members did to get this budget passed is extraordinary. Our efforts paid off. Thank you to all of you who heeded our calls to action.
Next steps on the budget and social policy issues will be shared soon. We will provide many types of opportunities for grassroots organizing, education and advocacy. Please open all Time for Action emails and let us know what you are doing locally.